Roman Joch once wrote the immortal sentence that the Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded annually to the American military.
I regret that I did not come up with this bon mot myself - but I fully share it anyway. After all, the American army and our membership of NATO are the only things that really guarantee that we are and will remain Europeans. America played a key role in the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918, and without it we would not have an independent state.
America played a key role - along with the Soviet Union and Great Britain - in the defeat of Hitler in 1945, and without America and its allies we would not exist as a nation today. Finally, in the 1980s, America armed the Soviet Union to such an extent that its empire collapsed and we gained our independence. Thanks to America, for the third time.